Books read in September

When You Dare by Lori Foster *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Savor the Danger by Lori Foster (audible version)  *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Ghost by J M Dabney *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Joker by J M Dabney *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Head Hunter by Alexis Angel *Star**Starw**Starw**Starw**Starw*

Found at the Bookstore by Christi Snow *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton *Star**Star**Star**Star**Starw*

Grasp by E Davies *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Family Man by Devyn Morgan *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

All the Way Home by Devyn Morgan *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Friendly Fire by Cari Z *Star**Star**Star**Starw**Starw*

Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey *Star**Star**Star**Star**Star*

What Chris Wants by Lori Foster *Star**Star**Starw**Starw**Starw*

Book lover’s tag

I found this little quiz over at Watching the Daisies.

Do you have a specific place for writing?
If I’m writing on my laptop, I’m usually sitting in my recliner armchair with my feet up.  If I’m handwriting, I’m usually at the kitchen table.

Book mark or random pieces of paper?
I actually collect bookmarks, but rarely use them.  If I’m reading a hardcover book, or an old book that’s fragile, I’ll take the time to find and use a bookmark, but with a paperback I usually just fold down the corner of the page.
My favourite bookmarks are the leather ones you can buy at historical sites in the UK.  Loved buying one at each special place we visited!

Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?
Honestly, I struggle to stop even at the end of chapter, would rather just go until the end of the book, but stopping midway down a page or midway through a chapter would really bug me.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
If I’m hungry or thirsty, sure.

Music or TV whilst reading?
Doesn’t matter, I’d tune it out anyway.  🙂  My husband often points out that he’s had a conversation with me and I’ve not heard a word of it.  Oops!

One book at a time or several?
If I’m reading more than one book, it’s usually because one has bored me.  I prefer to read one at a time and finish it before starting the next one.  Sometimes I go back and finish (or try to) the one that bored me, sometimes they never get read.

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I’ll read anywhere, but my favourite place is curled up in bed.

Read out loud or silently?
Definitely silently.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I’ve been known to skip pages on a re-read, or if a sex scene is overly drawn out, but usually I just read cover to cover.

Break the spine or keep it like new?
How do you read a book and keep it like new?  A book is there to be enjoyed.  Just read it.  This is like people who buy perfume for ‘a special occasion’ and then never wear it.  I don’t get it.  Live in the now, people!  Ha ha!

Do you write in your book?
Only if it’s a non-fiction, like a textbook or cookbook.  I do write inscriptions when I’m gifting books, especially to children.

What books are you reading now?

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Right now I’m re-reading Lori Foster’s Edge of Honor series.  It’s been ages since I read it, and I was talking to my mum about it as she’s just started it, and it inspired me to re-read it.  I’ve read When You Dare, and now I’m reading Trace of Fever and listening to Savor The Danger on Audible.  I’m looking forward to reading A Perfect Storm again.

Favourite childhood book?
Product Details Um…  I’m not sure.  I don’t really remember much about the books I read as a kid.  I read all the time, so it was rare for a book to stand out.  The first books to really stay in my memory were Anne McCaffrey’s Brainship series and her Talent series.  Man, it’s been a long time since I read those books.  I was thinking of them recently, actually.  I must re-read Pegasus in Flight.  I loved that book.

All time favourite book?
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It’s impossible to pick one, of course, but the book I’ve re-read the most is Morganna by Jackie Ivie.  In recent times, I’ve fallen in love with A Restored Man by Jaime Reese.

Nominating some others to complete this quiz (if they haven’t done so already):
Rachel Peck
Jessica Cauthon
Parichita Singh
Angela at Books and Opinions
Reb Kreyling
Christina Weaver

Murphy’s Aurora

Apparently New Zealand is in the middle of a ‘super massive’ Aurora. The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, are supposed to be the brightest they’ve been in two years. Photographing the Aurora is one of the items on my photography bucket list, so when they said that visibility would be better from the east coast, I headed to my mother and sister’s house. They live about an hour away from me, on the east coast, whereas I’m on the west coast.

I headed up straight after work, and while Mum was making dinner, I did some research on how to photograph Aurora. I found this article really useful.

My mother and sister had a yoga class to go to after dinner, so I sat and read my book while I waited for them. When they came back they informed me that the cloud cover hadn’t dispersed as predicted, and so we might not be able to get a clean shot. I figured I might as well make the most of the two-hour round trip, so I suggested we head out and take some photos of the Auckland city lights at night. Well, we set up our tripods and snapped some shots, but the wind kept buffeting our cameras and ruining the shots. Then it started to rain.  It clearly wasn’t meant to be.

As it turns out, we were never going to see the Aurora. Firstly, it was only going to be visible ‘as far north as Wairarapa’. Ugh. That’s nearly 8 hours’ drive south of me. Secondly, there was a full moon. Thirdly, it was delayed and didn’t arrive until 6am which means it was only there at daylight when no one could see it anyway.

My sister was laughing at me, and pointed out that I had driven all that way to read my book in their house while they went to yoga. #fail

Then, in the way of Murphy’s Law, the motorway was closed for roadworks and it took me longer to get home than it should have. *facepalm*

I’d say that the moral of the story is to do your research first before leaping into action, which would have saved me the trip, but I actually don’t agree with that sentiment. Yeah, if you’re spending a lot of time or money on something, definitely do your research first. But spontaneity has its place. So, it cost me a couple of hours of my time. No big deal. We had a laugh, and learned some stuff.

My kids love it when my husband and I surprise them with spontaneous silliness, like driving to Pokeno (an hour’s drive) for an ice cream, or deciding that each person in the car in turn can decide which direction we turn at the next intersection. Ha ha, that last one saw us driving in circles around Blockhouse Bay. The kids thought it was hilarious though.

While I was at Mum’s, she asked me what I was reading at the moment. We share an Amazon account, as we both read romance ebooks. She reads more historical romance than I do, and she doesn’t read my m/m books, but there’s a lot of overlap. Anyway, I said I was in the middle of a m/m book (Found At The Bookstore by Christi Snow) and she said she was reading a Lori Foster book. She’d read When You Dare, the first book in the Edge of Honor series, then moved on to Bare It All, which is the second in the Love Undercover series. I asked her why she wasn’t reading them in order, and she said that because it wasn’t obvious by the title, she had no way of knowing the reading order. So I looked them up on Lori Foster’s website and made a list for Mum of the correct reading order for the two series. I also thought she might like the Buckhorn Brothers series, so I wrote down the order for that one too. So see, I did accomplish something. Ha ha!

2016

Prompt: It’s nearly 2017. Go ahead and rant about 2016 or what you want to see happen in the new year.

So, in 2016

  • I wrote 11 site newsletters for Writing.com
  • I wrote 2 short stories
  • I wrote two novel chapters
  • I wrote 113 poems
  • I wrote 172 blog entries
  • I read 159 books

These were my five star reads for 2016:
A Restored Man by Jaime Reese (audio version)
A Mended Man by Jaime Reese
My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan
Demon Possession by Kierstan Fay
Demon Slave by Kierstan Fay
The World As He Sees It by A M Arthur
The Heart As He Hears It by A M Arthur
A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
Nameless by Jessica Sorensen
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner
Let It Go by Mercy Celeste
The Bloodline War by Tracy Tappan
Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg
Give Yourself Away by Barbara Elsborg
Ridiculous by D L Carter
Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon
This Isn’t Me by T.A. McKay
Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher
Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown